Former Vikings cornerback arrested on a fugitive warrant

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Captain Munnerlyn
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Captain Munnerlyn /

Former Minnesota Vikings corner Captain Munnerlyn was arrested on Friday.

When Mike Zimmer was hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, one of his first tasks was figuring out how to fix the team’s abysmal pass defense. No team was worse in 2013 than the Vikings when it came to stopping their opponent’s passing attack

So in an effort to improve their secondary, Minnesota turned to free agency and ended up signing veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. Prior to joining the Vikings, Munnerlyn started 50 games in five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

He last appeared in a Minnesota uniform back in 2016 and he hasn’t suited up for an NFL game since the 2018 season. Recently though, Munnerlyn found himself in a bit of trouble.

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback arrested in Miami

Late on Friday evening, it was reported that Munnerlyn was arrested at the Miami International Airport according to Fox Sports Radio’s Andy Slater.

Slater added that the former Minnesota corner had a fugitive warrant for his arrest in Las Vegas due to writing bad checks. Munnerlyn’s attorney Ricky Patel told Slater that his client’s arrest is, “a complete misunderstanding.”

More details will probably be released in the future, but it does seem a bit odd that a guy who made over $24 million during his time in the NFL had a warrant out for his arrest for writing bad checks.

Munnerlyn did actually make an attempt to play in the league last year when he was given a chance by the Buffalo Bills to make their roster. However, he ended up being among the Bills’ final cuts before the start of the 2019 season.

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At 32-years-old, Munnerlyn’s time in the league was likely already over. But no one, including him, probably envisioned something like Friday’s arrest happening during his life after the NFL.